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Image Theories at the Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing, Tromsö

Teaching period: Monday 14 october (afternoon) to Friday 18 october

Teacher: Rebecka Katz Thor
Rebecka Katz Thor is a researcher and critic, currently working as lecturer in Aesthetics and as an editor for publications and research at the Public Art Agency in Sweden.  She holds PhD in Aesthetics from Södertörn University, Sweden. Her research focus is on image production and its relation to historical, ethical and political claims. Her dissertation Beyond the Witness - The Testimony of Images and Holocaust Representations investigates the image-as-witness in three films made of archival materials. She is active as a critic, lecturer and writer and teacher in art theory. She has an MA from the New School for Social Research, New York and was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht.

Number of available place for KUNO students: 4

Application deadline: 16 September
How to apply:
Motivation statement 200 words, Images of three representative works. Please send your motivation by email to, no later than 16 September.

Course description:
Image Theories – Images as Witnesses and the Work of Artists We live in an image culture, yet we have a low “literacy” for reading images. Many artists have been engaged in the question of unstable representations and in this workshop, we will investigate how images can be interpreted and employed from different perspectives. Special attention will be on war imagery. We will address the multiple possibilities of reading and working with images in specific works. Through readings of texts on image interpretations by amongst others Judith Butler, Susan Sontag and Teju Cole questions of the relation between looking, reacting and reading images will be addressed. And by watching works by artists and filmmakers such as Phil Collins, Abounaddara and Harun Farocki we will discuss how these theories are put into practice (for example how one can work with found materials and/or charged image tropes). The workshop will consist of screenings, text seminars and discussions.


Additional information:
This KUNO express course will be arranged prior to the annual KUNO network meeting in Tromsø, which starts Friday the 18th.
Flights to Tromsø and accomodation can be costly. So we advise to book as early as possible upon confirmation. For accommodation we recommend private apartments that can be shared by several students (for example through Airbnb)